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NFT Innovation Digest #31

Coinbase NFT beta is live / The Moonbirds fever / NBA launched a new Web3 platform
NFT Innovation Digest #31

Cover Art: Tiger by Victoria L

Most innovative (author's pick)

Image: ERC721R

ERC721R is a new NFT standard that adds trustless refunds to NFT smart contracts, allowing minters to return the NFTs minted at a cost within a given refund period.


Most discussed

Image: Coinbase NFT

Coinbase announced the beta version of its NFT marketplace. The platform has social engagement features that allow users to create online profiles, follow other profiles, comment on artworks and monitor a personalized feed to discover new NFTs based on engagement and purchases.


  • The waitlist for the marketplace has more than 8.4 million email addresses, which will gradually gain access to the platform;
  • The Coinbase NFT marketplace will resemble a cross between OpenSea and social media platforms.

Image: Moonbirds

PROOF Collective’s NFT drop Moonbirds launched on April 16 and reached over 90k ETH ($280M) in total sales volume. Moonbirds is an Ethereum collection of 10k profile picture NFTs.


  • PROOF Collective released 7,875 of the NFTs for sale via an allowlist, with each NFT sold for 2.5 ETH. Another 2,000 NFTs were granted as free mints to holders of the PROOF Collective NFT membership pass (each holder could mint two Moonbirds);
  • PROOF Collective is an NFT-driven membership club created by Kevin Rose, partner at True Ventures, tech entrepreneur, and co-founder of Digg and Revision3.

Mainstream adoption

Image: Louis: The Game

Louis Vuitton released new NFTs for its mobile app game "Louis: The Game". The game was first introduced in August 2021. The company added new quests and new NFT rewards in the app.


  • In the game, players can enter a world, dress up their avatar and run around collecting postcards that teach them about the brand's history;
  • Players who collect a certain amount of free NFTs in the game will have the chance to qualify for an NFT raffle, which runs until August 4.

Image: Hyundai

Hyundai announced a collaboration with the Meta Kongz NFT brand as part of its strategy to step into the NFT space. 30 limited edition “Hyundai x Meta Kongz” NFTs went on sale on April 20.


  • “Hyundai NFT projects will be continued throughout the year to keep expanding the Hyundai NFT Universe. Profits from the sale of Hyundai NFTs will be used for the project’s management and community members.” said Thomas Schemera, Hyundai Motor’s Global Chief Marketing Officer.

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New products and ideas

Image: NBAxNFT

NBA announced NBAxNFT as "the official Web3 home for the NBA". The platform will introduce basketball NFTs, gaming, Metaverse, and Web3 projects.


  • Following the announcement, NBA launched The Association NFT, a collection of dynamic NFTs that can change in appearance over time based on team and player performance.
  • There will be 18k NFTs from The Association for the 2022 NBA Playoffs, 75 NFTs for each of the 240 players.

Image: STEPN

Move-to-Earn games such as STEPN and Genopets are gaining popularity this year. These games consist of blockchain-based move-to-earn games that promote health and fitness by rewarding users for participating in physical activities.


  • The most popular company in the sector is STEPN, a Solana-based game that lets users purchase NFT sneakers to start playing. The game's app tracks the users' movement through the GPS on their mobile phones and rewards them with in-app tokens called Green Satoshi Tokens (GSTs). These tokens can be traded for USDC or SOL.

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New podcasts and shows

  • The Scoop: In this episode, Frank talks to Raj Dhamodharan, global head of crypto at Mastercard. Raj shares the progress the payments company has made since entering the crypto industry, and how the move is a natural extension of Mastercard’s core business;
  • Bankless: In this episode, David and Ryan interview Kevin Rose, the founder of PROOF Collective and Moonbirds. Kevin explains the role of PROOF and his plans for Moonbirds, one of the most successful NFT launches of 2022;
  • The Delphi Podcast: In this episode, Tom talks to Aaron McDonald, co-founder of ASM, and Brooks Brown, co-founder of NOR, about the role of artificial intelligence in gaming. The discussion covers the benefits owning an AI, community governance within games, normalizing NFTs and the financialization of games.

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NFT space in numbers

The values below are from 16th - 22nd April 2022. Source: DappRadar.

Top Marketplaces

Marketplace Blockchain Volume Traders
OpenSea ETH, Polygon $811.47M
LooksRare ETH $727.11M
CryptoPunks ETH $14.16M
Mobox BSC $13.19M
NBA Top Shot FLOW $6.89M

Top Sales

NFT Collection Price
CryptoPunk #416 CryptoPunks $756.06k
250 ETH
Moonbird #8249 Moonbirds $541.07k
175 ETH
Bored Ape Yacht Club #2252 Bored Ape Yacht Club $477.86k
155 ETH
Bored Ape Yacht Club #5156 Bored Ape Yacht Club $470.68k
151.69 ETH
Bored Ape Yacht Club #6172 Bored Ape Yacht Club $465.68k
150 ETH

Top Collections

Collection Volume Traders Sales
Moonbirds [NEW] $224.27M
Terraforms* $216.22M
Meebits* $100.96M
3Landers $36.29M
Bored Ape Yacht Club $33.88M
CryptoPunks $29.89M
Mutant Ape Yacht Club $15.18M
Azuki $12.93M
NFT Worlds V2 $10.52M

*Most of the sales in the collection occurred on the LooksRare marketplace and may be the subject of wash trading.

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